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Four Way Cincinnati Chili…

9 Jan

Time to use up some of that cheese in our refrigerator!

When we were up in Cincinnati in early November, Tony’s grandma, Nana, gave us a packet of Cincinnati Chili Seasoning to bring back.  Since then Tony has wanted me to make it.

The first time he took me to visit his extended family in Cincy we went to lunch at the famous Skyline Chili.  I wasn’t a big fan.  Skyline uses cocoa powder and cinnamon in their chili and they serve it over spaghetti.  Very strange if you ask me.  I’ve only had chili with cornbread!  It was a bit too sweet for me.  I wasn’t a fan.

Tony mentioned the chili again this week so I finally made it for him tonight.  Surprisingly, I actually liked it this time.  I modified the recipe slightly and made mine a little spicy.  If you can’t find one of the seasoning packs that I used, you can google the exact ingredients to use.


At Skyline, you can order your chili different WAYS:

Three Way: Spaghetti topped with chili and cheddar cheese.

Four Way: Spaghetti topped with chili, cheddar cheese and onions.

Five Way: Spaghetti topped with chili, kidney beans, cheddar cheese and onions.

Cincinnati Chili


I used turkey and wheat paste to up the nutritional value some.  After taking this picture Tony informed me that we were going to use freshly grated cheddar not the kind in a bag!


Add your turkey, seasoning, water and tomato paste.  This was my first time cooking meat in the sauce.  I was unsure on how this would turn out.


Break the meat into small pieces by wisking the sauce with a fork.


The sauce will eventually thicken and you will have your spaghetti topping!


Prepare your noodles, cheese and onions.


Use freshly shredded cheddar, its as close to Skyline as you can get.


Step 1: Add your spaghetti to your bowl.


Step 2: Top with chili.


Step 3: Add onions.


Step 4: Sprinkle with cheese.


Step 5: Add crushed red pepper, if you like your chili spicy!  Enjoy!

Cincinnati Chili

  • 1 packet of Chili Seasoning
  • 6 oz can of Tomato Paste
  • 1-1.5 lbs. of Lean Ground Turkey
  • 6 Cups of Water
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 box of Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti
  • Fresh Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  1. Combine the seasoning, water, tomato paste and ground turkey in a pan.  Do not cook the turkey.
  2. Beat the mixture with a fork while heating to a boil.  The fork will break the meat up into small bits.  Bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve your favorite WAY.
  5. Enjoy!

It was more like meat sauce with spaghetti.  I enjoyed it and Tony loved it.  He can’t wait to have the real stuff!  We are moving to Cincinnati this summer so I better get used to this chili.  I have a feeling that we will be visiting Skyline a few times!

Time for bed.  Hopefully we wake up with a white blanket of snow in the morning!

Have you had Skyline Chili before?  Do you like it?


Annual Shony Christmas Party

12 Dec

Friday night Tony and I hosted around 30 of our best friends for our Annual Christmas Party.  I started this party when I moved here 5 years ago and there were 8 of us there, now I had around 30 people in our little townhouse.  I made lots of different appetizers and dips.  These recipes are all easy and can be made ahead of time.  I will share the links of the recipes so that you can recreate them.

Recipes I will be sharing this week:

  • Crock Pot Candy
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
  • Spinach and Artichoke Wonton Cups
  • Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Dates
  • Garlic Cheese Dip

I was a bad food blogger and forgot to take pictures of everything.  Here are a few of the ones I did remember to take.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs.jpg

Baked Mac & Cheese Cups

mac and cheese.jpg

Christmas Shaped Matt Crack(ers)

matt crackers.jpg

Spinach & Artichoke Wonton Cups


Bacon Wrapped Dates


Dough Balls and Candy

dough balls.jpg

Mint Chocolate Pretzel Rods

mint pretzels.jpg

M&M Christmas Pretzel Rods


Finally some snapshots of the guests of the party:


joe julie.jpg km & eb.jpg

As.jpg matt and ash.jpg

adam liz.jpg elizabeth and brad.jpg

megan and j9.jpg josh brian.jpg

rehydrate.jpg tony and crosby.jpg




Now for 2 super easy recipes that I made and would like to share.

Garlic Cheese Dip

  • 1 Block of Light Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 Jar of Old English Cheese (you can find it near the velveeta at the grocery store, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated)
  • 1-2 tsp. of Garlic Salt
  1. Mix all 3 ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Serve with your favorite dipper or Matt Crack(ers).

CrockPot Candy

  • 16 oz. Unsalted Dry Roasted Peanuts
  • 16 oz. Salted Dry Roasted Peanuts
  • 16 oz. Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 16 oz. White Chocolate Chips
  • 16 oz. Vanilla Bark
  1. Layer peanuts first, then chips and bark into a crock pot.
  2. Do not stir.  Cook on Low for 2 hours.
  3. Stir to mix and spoon out on to a wax paper covered cookie sheet.  Smooth so that you have a semi-flat bark.  I usually get two cookies sheets full with one batch.
  4. Once cool, break into small pieces and Enjoy!

I was able to finish my Christmas shopping this weekend and still found time to make some soup and muffins to take to work tomorrow for the start of our holiday party week.  I will be sharing those recipes soon!

We are hoping to wake up to a dusting of snow tomorrow.  I am trying to not get my hopes up but I can’t wait to see what we end up with.  I have a big week coming up so I will try my best to post everyday.

Merry Christmas!

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